If you have ever followed my Philanthropy & Penrose tab then you know about my passion for the Ronald McDonald House of Charlotte. My love for this charity was planted while in college when I joined the Alpha Delta Pi sorority, and has since continued to blossom into a passion of mine. I have been a committee member for two annual fundraising events at the house, Storybook Ball and Girls' Night Out.
|RMH Charlotte Storybook Ball 2015|
|RMH Charlotte Girls' Night Out 2015|
Other philanthropic causes that we support each year are some through our church.
We also love stuffing at least two Operation Christmas Child boxes each year! This year we are gifting to a 5-9 year old girl and 2-4 year old boy.
P.A.T.H. is a local food bank ministry that helps families in our county. We donate to them periodically throughout the year, as well as through our Annual Fall Festival where entry is canned goods instead of money. The past two years, we have raised close to 1000 cans and $600 from the event. Pretty good for our little country church AND getting rained out both years!
Two other things that have been on my heart are Christmas giving traditions. The first, is that I have always wanted to skip the 'normal' Christmas day stuff and volunteer at a big soup kitchen. I think once we have older kids, this is something I want to do at least once and who knows--maybe it will become our yearly tradition then.
The other is--now that Ryleigh is old enough to start learning and experiencing Christmas (last year she was still too young to understand), I feel like it's important to have the foundation of the Reason for the Season. Yes, we are definitely having all the Santa fun and next year we will probably get a visit from a pesky little Elf on a shelf, but I want to tie it all back to Jesus. I've heard ideas from friends that since the Wise Men brought 3 gifts, they give their children 3 gifts from Santa. I really like that idea. Also, I'm thinking of doing three special charitable gifts each year--something like Heifer Project. Each year sponsor three different animals or gifts. As our kids get older they can help choose what we do, which will make it special for them and also open their eyes to life outside of our little world.
|Last year -- Christmas 2014|
I can't wait to read everyone else's ideas in the link-up :)